Stay Safe In The Heat: Detecting and Treating Heat Emergencies

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 8:12 PM EDT

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Stay Safe In The Heat: Detecting and Treating Heat Emergencies

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 8:12 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) It's one thing to try to "beat the heat", but it's really important to recognize when the hot weather is getting the best of you.

The combination of heat and humidity puts us all at a greater risk for heat emergencies.

Heat exhaustion is the body's response to excessive loss of water and salt contained in sweat.

Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms, usually in the stomach, arms, or legs, and heat stroke happens when the body is unable to regulate its temperature.

It's the most serious heat emergency because the body's temperature rises rapidly. You are pale and not able to sweat.

Doctors say pay attention to what your body is telling you when you're out in the heat, even if it's just for an hour.

Symptoms are feeling light-headed, fatigued, nauseous.

Doctors say if you come across someone suffering heat exhaustion, you should get them to a shady area or air conditioned environment.

They should also drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages.

A cool shower will also help.

Someone who is suffering heat stroke is in a much more serious situation.

You should get them to the nearest shade, call 9-1-1, and begin cooling them quickly. You can use a hose or a cool tub of water to lower body temperature.

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